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Red Living Room Makeover

Red makes a bold statement in this living room makeover.

It's a common misconception to think that this small living room, which doesn't get a lot of light, can't handle a bold color. The purple couch is staying and isn't very exciting with the white walls.

Interior designer Alysa Weinstein listened when forecaster Ken Charbonneau, a long-time member of The Interiors Committee of The Color Association of the Unites States, predicted red as a hot color.

Shades of red pulled from the rug liven up the space and keep it cozy. The beautiful moldings are highlighted with the daring wall color and the coordinating purple trim color. Red throw pillows tie the couch into the new color scheme. When done right, red can dramatically change the way a room looks. Since it's a transparent color, don’t be surprised if it takes three or four coats to get the depth of color you desire.

paint: (walls: Ladybug Red #1322); molding: Black Raspberry #2072-20) (Benjamin Moore)
red velvet beaded ottomans (Item# 01969288), Marsinah paisley armchair (Item# 2028933) (Pier 1 Imports)
red coffee table with rattan center (ANC Home)
red square linen upholstered lampshades, paisley jacquard decorative throw pillows (Item# 6175657/ Cardinal Red), ribbed fur throw blanket (Espresso, Item# 65-4041067), dupioni silk pole pocket drapes (Item# 3945649/Wine) (Pottery Barn)
Raka end table/magazine rack (Espresso, item# 320520-213) (Umbra)
area rug (English Manor Collection: William Morris by Karastan) (ABC Carpet & Home)
table lamp (Waverly Home Classics), black patterned throw pillows (The Language of the Garden Collection) (Waverly)
red and purple abstract painting by artist Sam Seawright

This bland wooden armoire is given a chic new look with primer and black paint. Another easy way to add color to a room without breaking the bank is to change your lampshades.

paint: (walls: Ladybug Red #1322); molding: Black Raspberry #2072-20) (Benjamin Moore)
red velvet beaded ottomans (Item# 01969288), Marsinah paisley armchair (Item# 2028933) (Pier 1 Imports)
red coffee table with rattan center (ANC Home)
red square linen upholstered lampshades, paisley jacquard decorative throw pillows (Item# 6175657/ Cardinal Red), ribbed fur throw blanket (Espresso, Item# 65-4041067), dupioni silk pole pocket drapes (Item# 3945649/Wine) (Pottery Barn)
Raka end table/magazine rack (Espresso, item# 320520-213) (Umbra)
area rug (English Manor Collection: William Morris by Karastan) (ABC Carpet & Home)
table lamp (Waverly Home Classics), black patterned throw pillows (The Language of the Garden Collection) (Waverly)
red and purple abstract painting by artist Sam Seawright

Group interesting plates on a wall and fill a large vase with unexpected items such as fresh cranberries to add to a room's color palette.

paint: (walls: Ladybug Red #1322); molding: Black Raspberry #2072-20) (Benjamin Moore)
red velvet beaded ottomans (Item# 01969288), Marsinah paisley armchair (Item# 2028933) (Pier 1 Imports)
red coffee table with rattan center (ANC Home)
red square linen upholstered lampshades, paisley jacquard decorative throw pillows (Item# 6175657/ Cardinal Red), ribbed fur throw blanket (Espresso, Item# 65-4041067), dupioni silk pole pocket drapes (Item# 3945649/Wine) (Pottery Barn)
Raka end table/magazine rack (Espresso, item# 320520-213) (Umbra)
area rug (English Manor Collection: William Morris by Karastan) (ABC Carpet & Home)
table lamp (Waverly Home Classics), black patterned throw pillows (The Language of the Garden Collection) (Waverly)
red and purple abstract painting by artist Sam Seawright

Resources(Hide)

    • Artwork from Sam Seawright
    • Alysa Weinstein, Interior Designer
      Ruby Designs
      Website: www.rubylife.com
    • Ken Charbonneau, Color Forecaster
      The Color Association of the United States
      Color and Design Consultant, Wilsonart International
      Website: www.wilsonart.com
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